Quitting smoking isn’t a piece of cake!

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With the Christmas holidays in full swing, many of us are eating and drinking more than usual. It’s probably not the best time of year to be on a diet, with family and friends to visit and parties to attend. There are so many tasty treats on offer, much of which is particular to the season and therefore unavailable at other times. For those of us who want to lose weight it can be quite a struggle to avoid allowing ourselves even just that one piece of cake. But, let’s face it. Unless you have an eating disorder, one piece of cake is not going to ruin your diet. You can quite easily continue your diet by eating sensibly after the holiday season is over.

Quitting smoking, however, isn’t a piece of cake. You cannot indulge in just that one cigarette without running the serious risk of smoking another, and another, until you are back to smoking again just like you did before. The difference between smoking and eating cake is that smoking is addictive, whereas eating cake is not (even though many a woman might argue that eating chocolate cake IS addictive!). Just like many other addictions, quitting smoking requires complete abstinence. You either smoke or you don’t. There is no in-between.

Unfortunately, a lot of people fall into the trap of thinking that they can handle just one, or just a few cigarettes.  It’s a fair enough assumption when you consider the holiday pressure, and it may seem quite logical at the time.  It’s easy enough to convince oneself that just like the scrumptious piece of cake, one cigarette won’t matter in the long run.  But this line of thinking is a farce as fake as Santa Claus (I hope there are no young children are reading this!). For one thing, smoking a single cigarette is smoking and therefore you have not quit, and secondly, the statistics demonstrate that it is extremely likely that you will still be smoking at the end of January and probably longer.

It may difficult to avoid these creeping thoughts, but if you want to quit smoking, you need to consider the facts and try to set your emotions aside. It’s not a piece of cake, but it’s not mission impossible either. With the right level of mental preparation and anticipation of such situations, it becomes easier to understand why you are having tempting thoughts and how to counter them with your own logic.

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